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Yves was not a handsome man really, striking, perhaps, but not classically attractive. He was tall, with slightly sunken features and cheekbones that appeared sharp enough to slice open skin. His eyes were a mix of blue and green, like an artist's watercolours spilling over out of their pots, and his hair was- Well, his hair was curious indeed. Sometimes a soft dark brown, other times a shocking white. People asked him about it often, and Yves would only shrug.

"Does it matter?" he would ask. "Blonde, brunette, it's only hair..."

A little magic though, and anyone too curious would simply stop noticing it had changed.

Today it was brown, slightly slicked back as he stepped out of the hospital and pulled his coat tighter around himself before making his way down the street. He had a few things to do before he retired home for the evening, he intended to stop by the book store to pick up something new to read during his breaks, then his favourite take out for a meal, then the wine shop for, well, wine. Little luxuries, small treats to make the week less tedious.

He was just arriving at the bookshop when a beggar called out to him, small, slender- Old and yet ageless somehow. His shoulders hunching forward sharply as he pointed at Yves.

"I know you. I know you, butcher," he snarled.

Yves only raised a brow, pulling a five pound note from his pocket and enchanting it with a brush of his thumb.

"A butcher to some, a healer to most," he said as he pressed the charmed note into the beggar's palm. "I'm sorry, old friend, but I fear you know nothing."

The beggar looked frightened for a moment- then smiled as he looked at the note.

"A healer," the beggar agreed. "A hero."

"Not a hero, heroes live in myths, my friend. I exist right here."

He put his finger to his lips then, a silent gesture, then headed into the bookshop at last.

(OTA! Late tags and ST welcome! Check out the ooc post I put up here!)

Date: 2016-01-15 03:07 am (UTC)
akatawitch: (Ethereal)
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Books being pricier than she liked, Sunny couldn't afford to buy new books on a whim. Most of the time when she was in a bookstore it was because she needed the quiet that was similar to and yet entirely different from that of a library. She touched the spines of stories she knew almost like a prayer. It was soothing.

Today she did happen to be on the hunt for something, a novel she'd finished over break and decided she wanted to own.

But she'd been taking her time about it, and it meant getting repeated offers for help that she didn't want. She'd shaken her head and smiled and said no twice before, but on the third attempt she'd launched into Pidgin English so fast and so thick that the clerk had stared at her blankly before politely but awkwardly retreating.

"Finally," she sighed as she dropped the act of the foreigner with barely any English, and went back to looking in peace.

Date: 2016-01-15 04:45 am (UTC)
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Sunny spared the man a smile as her fingers glided over book spines. Once she paused on one, lightly stroking up and down--a favorite--but for the most part her touch ghosted over, just trying to make sure she didn't skip anything that might turn out to be truly interesting. "Even so, I'm sure it's very annoying if they get the idea that someone is coming in with no intention of buying anything."

Date: 2016-01-16 01:51 am (UTC)
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Sunny actually had to be impressed that a comment like that manage to walk the fine line between complimentary and creepy without actually falling into being creepy. Probably because there was indeed a guy eyeing her.

Which she immediately shrugged off. "Oh, that's not because I'm pretty. That's, 'can't tell if black girl or white girl, must investigate.'"

Frankly it so often was that she didn't let herself think she got other kinds of attention. It was easier.

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Hex needed a new book to read at work, something that could be read during the small snatches of time between patients and on lunch. He had settled on short stories and was looking at an anthology when he saw the man near him. Always friendly, Hex smiled at him and gave him a nod.

"Cheers," he said. "Some weather today, yeah?"

Date: 2016-01-15 10:48 pm (UTC)
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"Very light. Short stories to pass the lunch hour," he nodded. "If I get a novel I always wind up having to start chapters over because I lose the story so I stick to the short ones," he chuckled. "Such is the life of a nurse. It beats watching telly, though."

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The bookshop in question, A-Z Books, happened to belong to an angel, not that that was obvious to anyone. Though quite often there were customers who had wandered in by mistake, intending to go into the "Intimate Books" shop next door. They tended to be disappointed.

Aziraphale was sitting behind the counter reading, and he looked up when he heard the door open, glasses slipping down his nose. Hmmm. He did not tend to get non-human customers terribly often.

"May I help you?" he asked, which was actually quite unusual. Aziraphale had very little interest in actually selling books.

Date: 2016-01-16 06:12 am (UTC)
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Aziraphale considered him for a moment, including the tone of his voice, and asked politely, "Are you quite certain you did not mean to go to the erotic bookshop next door?"

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Melehan was, believe it or not, also in the bookstore. It wasn't something he would readily admit, but he did read, as long as he had a book that wasn't totally boring. He was walking backwards to get a better look at what was on one of the shelves, and he bumped right into Yves.

"Oops," he said, completely insincerely. "I'm so sorry."

Date: 2016-01-18 04:30 am (UTC)
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"You didn't get out of the way," Melehan replied, completely unfazed. "Maybe you should see an eye doctor."

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Manuel had no reason to go into a bookstore, but he was loitering in the street outside, keeping to himself, as per usual. Perhaps the glimmer of magic from his human disguise would catch Yves' eye.

Date: 2016-01-19 02:34 am (UTC)
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Manuel looked up when he felt someone's eye on him. He hesitated uncertainly, not sure if this guy wanted something from him or not.

Date: 2016-01-18 03:44 pm (UTC)
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Vanessa had spent the holidays on her own, only coming out of her flat to go to work, and immediately returning there. But there was only so long she could live in reclusion, and she wanted - needed - to read something new. But even in this bookshop, full of woodworks, interesting selections of books, and no other client, there was a frown on her brow as she perused titles, looking for something to spark her interest. There seemed to be a dark cloud hanging over her, and her back and shoulders were as straight as usual, but with a tension to her frame betraying the weight she seemed to be carrying.

She looked over when the door to the shop opened, distracted from the titles she had been reading, and her frown deepened slightly at the sight of the new arrival. There was something about him, and she couldn't tell if it was a good or a bad thing.

Date: 2016-01-18 06:27 pm (UTC)
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Undoubtedly due to her recent experience, Vanessa was a lot more inclined to see the sharp bits than the charm. She didn't seem to react to the smile either way, however, but simply looked at him with that same frown for a few more seconds before turning back to the books. It took a great deal of willpower to turn her back on him, but she felt too off balance these days to tell whether that was him, or her.

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